Volleyball Hires Kayani Turner as Assistant Coach
April 21, 2011
By Jeff Honza
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Southeast Missouri head coach Julie Yankus hired Kayani Turner as an assistant coach Thursday. Turner will serve as the Redhawks recruiting coordinator and coach the outside hitters, while assisting with scouting and other duties as assigned.
"I'm very excited for Kayani to join our coaching staff," said Yankus. "She was a great player who experienced success on the court and she will bring that expertise and winning attitude to our program. Her maturity, outgoing personality and connections within the volleyball community are great assets for recruiting quality student-athletes."
A native of Bel Air, Md., Turner spent the last two years as a graduate assistant volleyball coach at Western Illinois University, where she was responsible for pregame and postgame administrative duties and scouting.
Turner graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Illinois in December, 2008. She was a five-year player on the Fighting Illini volleyball team.
An outside hitter for the Illini, Turner led Illinois with 391 kills and ranked fifth in the Big Ten Conference with an average of 4.9 kills per game during her sophomore season in 2006.
Midway through her sophomore season, Turner began experiencing the onset of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) - a neurological syndrome characterized by severe burning pain - in her left leg. She then sat out her junior season before making a comeback in 2008. As a senior, Turner played in 21 matches and contributed to the Fighting Illini's NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 run.
Throughout her three-year playing career at Illinois, Turner appeared in 72 matches and recorded 642 kills with a .199 hitting percentage.
Turner came to Illinois as one of the top preps in Maryland out of John Carroll High School. She led John Carroll to a 38-1 record and back-to-back conference titles during her junior and senior seasons (2002, 2003). During that stretch, Turner led the Baltimore metro area in kills both years and was the state's co-leader with an average of six kills per game in 2003.
In addition to her playing experience, Turner also has a background in coaching having served as the head coach of the Prime Time Volleyball Club in Champaign from the fall of 2008 through the spring of 2009. She served as a camp coach at the U of I volleyball camps from 2005-08 and worked as a camp coach at Precision Volleyball Camp in the summer of 2009.